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Wilson Athletics Weekly, March 31

04/01/2019, 10:30am PDT
By Mike Nolan

Greetings Sports Fans!

I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing Spring Break and you all were able to charge the batteries. We got lucky and had some good weather during the break and I hope that trend continues in the coming weeks as we prepare to hit the ground running next week with Spring Sports revving up and starting to get into league play. A quick reminder about weather and the cancellations of contests, be sure to check the Wilson Athletics webpage for up to date information regarding delays, cancellations, or change in venues. www.wilsonathletics.com

Sportsmanship
Sportsmanship is such an important component of what Interscholastic Athletics embodies and represents. Learning to win humbly and accepting defeat as a way of learning resiliency all add to the character development that athletics can provide that are hopefully life lessons that stay with us. With that being said, a huge thanks to the Wilson Baseball Program for exemplifying great sportsmanship. They were recognized by the OSAA for their part in fostering outstanding sportsmanship this year and by that extension, Wilson High School was awarded 100 points towards the OSAA Cup Points! The following site is a great examples and reminders of the power of sportsmanship. We March On! https://devzone.positivecoach.org/sites/uploads/files/EYG_3_2.pdf

PCA Leadership Summits
In continuing or partnership with the Positive Coaching Alliance, we are working on continuing the Leadership Summits that we started the spring. I am working with Spencer Gordon at the Positive Coaching Alliance on continuing our work around fostering leadership within our student-athletes. Our goal is to have 3 more workshops starting next fall that will continue to build upon the work we are doing. Really looking forward to the good work ahead!

Wilson Athletic Leadership Council-Community Outreach
At our last meeting our discussion centered around two goals for final stretch of the school year; a community outreach project and sending representatives from the Leadership Council to our feeder schools to help promote Wilson High School and our Athletic Programs. We will be finalizing our work at our next meeting. I can’t thank this group enough for their time and dedication this year to continue building a foundation of excellence for our school and community.

Wilson Athletics
The Track Program kicked off their year at Cleveland before we headed off to Spring Break and what a first meet it was. Both levels on the Women’s and Men’s side came out victorious for the Program. Great way to kick off the year for the JV and Varsity Programs! The coaching staff continues to provide a great experience for their student-athletes creating a culture of healthy competition, inclusiveness, and character development. We will be hosting the District Relays on Wednesday so come out and show your support!

The Softball Program had a great trip over the break when they headed down to California for a six-game road trip. The program went 3-3 and are poised to kick off league play this week against three formidable opponents in Franklin, Madison, and Roosevelt. Looking forward to watching the squad battle it out in league play! A huge shout out to Coach Walmer and his staff for continuing to provide a great experience for his program.

Our Baseball Program is in the final stretch of their pre-season schedule with two more non-league games against Central and Sprague before they enter league play. They spent the first part of Spring Break in Southern Oregon at the Crater Tournament where they went 2-2. The Program is young this year with the departure of a large senior class but the future is really bright for the squad.

The Men’s and Women’s Golf Programs are off to great starts to their 2019 campaigns. On the Men’s side, Coach Widman is encouraged with this years’ squad and believes that by the end of the season they should be in contention for a league title. Coach Kolesar returns a solid nucleus of returners from last years’ PIL Championship group and is poised to make another run at the city title again this year.

The Men’s and Women’s Tennis Programs come back this week to a big week of Tennis for both programs. We will face off against Grant and Madison this week and on Saturday, the Women’s Program will be at the OES Tournament. Both Coach Sussman and Daigle are optimistic about this season and their chances in league play. Both programs return a solid nucleus of players that have a real chance at doing competing at a high level.

The Lacrosse Programs come back to a big week of contests as well. The Women’s Program will face off against Grant and Oregon City, while on the Men’s Side, they will play Bothell and Westview. If you have not made it out to a Lacrosse Game yet this year, I highly recommend coming out to one of them. They are great experience!

Wilson High School will be having an Auction on April 27th at the PDX Sports Center. You can purchase tickets here https://wilson.schoolauction.net/auction2019/register/ticket_sales

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